Graduate employment

Understanding your graduate employment options will help you plan how and where you look for relevant opportunities. Whether you are looking to secure a graduate position or undertake a structured graduate program, consider the advantages, disadvantages and potential outcomes of each opportunity. Exploring your alternatives will help you decide which is the best option for you.

Graduate positions

Graduate positions are paid jobs targeted at recent graduates, and are offered across many sectors and industries. They are entry-level positions with salaries at the lower end of the professional scale. These positions are a good starting point for you to increase your employability within a particular industry or organisation.

Employers who specifically advertise for recent graduates often provide training and professional development as part of the position. This training helps you contribute effectively and efficiently to the organisation, and to grow as a professional within your chosen field.

These opportunities are often advertised as ‘Graduate’ or ‘Assistant’, for example ‘Graduate Marketing Advisor’, ‘Assistant Accountant’, or ‘Graduate Architect’.

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Graduate programs

Graduate programs offer you a formalised approach to graduate employment. These programs combine a full time position with structured professional development, and are generally offered by larger organisations, and government departments.

The length and content of graduate programs will vary. They may involve work rotations that allow you to gain experience in different areas of the organisation, or you may receive intense training in one area of expertise. A company may be looking for graduates from specific backgrounds for specific roles, or graduates with the potential to fit into a wide range of business areas within the organisation.

Applications for graduate programs open at the beginning of each year, for programs that start the following year. This means that you will need to apply to programs as early as February in your final year of study.

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International opportunities

Whether you’re an international student returning home after graduation or a domestic student looking for a new experience overseas, searching for employment in another country can be a daunting task.

You can find out more about international graduate opportunities by: